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Apple using Waze data in new iOS 6 Maps

Apple using Waze data in new iOS 6 Maps

TomTom spilled the beans in a press release yesterday, saying that Apple had licensed part of its mapping solutions and information for use in the new Maps app in iOS 6. Details about exactly what is being used has been intentionally left vague. How about the crowd sourced data that Apple was keen to promote at the keynote? Turns out it could be coming from Waze, a navigation app that provides crowd sourced traffic data from via user interaction.

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Apple and TomTom sign Maps deal

Apple and TomTom sign Maps deal

Apple unveiled its custom Maps application yesterday that will debut with iOS 6 when the update launches this Fall. Rumors in the past indicated that Apple would be building up its own mapping system based on the acquisition of several mapping companies, including C3 Technologies. Cupertino has also made use of OpenStreetMap in the past in Photos for iOS, but what about the new Maps? TomTom has now confirmed that Apple has licensed its maps, along with other content.

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Apple reveals new Maps app for iOS 6

Apple reveals new Maps app for iOS 6

The rumors were all true: Apple has created its own internal mapping system and replaced Google Maps in iOS 6. Apple says that all of the maps used by the new app has been created by the company internally, and that it’s trying to cover the whole globe with this effort. Apple say that over 100 million business listings are included with the Maps app, and users will be able to perform a local search to find the best match for their query.

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Google Earth 3D Next Dimension update video wows

Google Earth 3D Next Dimension update video wows

This week the Google Maps team has shown off what they've been working on for some time with their brand new 3D enhancements to Google Earth, this part of "The Next Dimension" event they held earlier today. What we saw, and what you're about to see in video form, is how Google is hoping to keep the vast majority of the world spellbound by their technology with a level of realism we've not yet seen in a mapping program. Have a peek at what some are calling "The GTA of Maps" in the following clip.

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Apple and Google set to battle over mobile mapping

Apple and Google set to battle over mobile mapping

Back in 2007 when the Apple iPhone debuted, Google and Apple were happily working together in the mapping services market. The iPhone used Google Maps technology to provide users with the location of businesses and other details while Apple pushed a lot of traffic through Google servers and to Google search. As the iPhone became more and more popular and Google unveiled its Android operating system, the cooperation started to sour between the two firms.

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Google holding Maps event on June 6th

Google holding Maps event on June 6th

There’s been a lot of speculation regarding Apple’s move to a new mapping system in iOS 6, with the company tipped to drop Google Maps in favor of its own mapping acquisitions, especially with C3 Technologies. We’ll probably find out more at WWDC, but Google has just announced that it’s holding a Google Maps event on June 6th that will present "the next dimension of Google Maps.”

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Mockup shows potential design for iOS 6 maps

Mockup shows potential design for iOS 6 maps

Details emerged earlier this month about Apple’s plans to overhaul the Maps application for iOS. Cupertino is said to be ditchong Google Maps in favor of its own internal offering, put together using the various mapping company acquisitions it's made over the past several years. BGR claims to have some new images of the maps that will be used in iOS 6, and has created a very rough mockup of what to expect from the redesigned Maps application.

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TomTom takes shot at OpenStreetMap

TomTom takes shot at OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap has seen some press lately thanks to the inclusion of its maps in iPhoto for iOS. Google has also pioneered free turn-by-turn navigation software on smartphones, a functional that was once dominated by expensive TomTom and Garmin units. Now TomTom has taken to its website to highlight the dangers of open source maps, and the community behind OpenStreetMap is crying foul.

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Apple iCloud beta website shows iOS 6

Apple iCloud beta website shows iOS 6

This week some intrepid iOS developers have discovered a new portal coming your way soon: Apple's iCloud beta, complete with code references to the new iOS 6 mobile operating system. This climpse has not yet shown just one whole heck of a lot of information about what we're in for in the future for Apple's mobile devices, but we can see that we're in for some more cloud integration of services soon. Included in this beta portal are references and images of both Apple's Notes and Reminders, both of them set for iOS on the iPhone, for example, coming to the iCloud soon we must expect.

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